State could be Sued after Arms Deal Inquiry
outcome of the probe into South Africa's arms deal could prompt a large lawsuit
against the state, a private defence contractor said on Wednesday.
Young confirmed that he had considered suing the state for between R100-million
and R200-million over alleged irregularities in the procurement of the defence
on Wednesday at the Pretoria hearings into the arms deal whether he still
intended going to court, Young said: "That will depend on the outcome of
is managing director of Communications Computer Intelligence Integration Systems
(CCII), a Cape Town-based information technology company.
implicated had a right to testify again
He contends there were
irregularities in the awarding of a R40-million tender for information
management systems used in the four corvettes that South Africa bought under the
CCII was named the
preferred supplier of these systems, Young claims. The tender was, however,
awarded to French company Detexis.
Detexis is the sister
company of African Defence Systems (ADS), of which arms acquisition head Chippy
Shaik's brother, Schabir, is a director.
Young on Wednesday
confirmed he told a newspaper in January he would seek legal remedy for his
alleged loss if the matter was not probed by the Special Investigating Unit, at
the time headed by Willem Heath.
During cross-examination Martin Kriegler, for ADS, said: "Eight months have gone by and you still haven't gone to court."
Young replied he had
postponed the matter when the probe was referred to three state investigating
The chairperson of the panel, Public Protector Selby Baqwa, agreed that those implicated had a right to testify again.
The hearing continues.
to Sapa and The Star.